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TTD labor coalition gains three unions, 'unifies' rail labor


The Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIO (TTD) last week announced the affiliation of three more unions: the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWED), both divisions of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

The latest affiliations brings the coalition’s total membership to 36 affiliated unions. The re-affiliation of BLET and BMWED means all rail labor unions in the United States have a unified voice, TTD officials said in a press release.

The BLET represents more than 57,000 active and retired members, including locomotive engineers, conductors, brakemen, firemen, switchmen, hostlers and other train service employees on U.S. railroads.

The BMWED represents nearly 26,000 workers who build and maintain the tracks, bridges, buildings and other structures on railroads across the nation.

TTD represents the largest coalition of transportation labor unions.

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